Hudson Valley Humane Society

Visiting Pet Program

Meet the Teams

Providing Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy since 1994.



Meet our Teams  

 CJ & Chloe

Chloe, a black Labrador Retriever, has been a Delta Society Pet Partners therapy dog since her first birthday in October 2004, and prior to that she attended workshops and Meet the Therapy Pets events as a “puppy in training.” Chloe loves to visit schools and pre-K programs, and  her favorite adult facility is the Frawley Unit, a locked psychiatric ward at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY.  She also visits nursing homes and assisted living homes. Chloe loves other animals, especially her red tabby cat roommate, Pumpkin. Her hobbies are hiking, swimming, and of course (she’s a Lab) eating. CJ is a Delta Society Pet Partners training instructor and the Visiting Pet Program’s coordinator.


Risa & Annie

Risa adopted Annie from North Shore Animal League. Annie received her AKC Canine Good Citizen title at six months old. A retriever/husky mix, Annie is a sensitive and intuitive dog who who seems to love everyone she meets. As members of the 'Reading Education Assistance Dogs'® (R.E.A.D.®) program, Annie and Risa visit area schools and libraries working with children to improve their skills under our Paws for Reading program which they helped launch. Risa is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and a member of The Association of Professional Humane Educators, The Character Education Partnership, The Humane Society of the United States, Delta Society, R.E.A.D., Best Friends Animal Society, and The New York Horse Council. Risa is also the mother of Abbey, a rescued thoroughbred race horse. In April of 2006 Risa was one of the winners in the inaugural North Shore Animal League Pet Owners of the Year Contest. She also received honorable mention in the Rookie Team category of the 2006 and 2007 Delta Society Beyond Limits Awards. Risa is the Humane Education contact for our Program and is available for Humane Education presentations; she is also a licensed R.E.A.D. instructor.


Heidi Henderson, Shasta & Emma

I had a Bernese Mt Dog about 4 years ago that passed suddenly; our home was not a home without our kid. I immediately called the breeder and asked to be put on the puppy list. With that she asked me if I needed a loaner dog to get by. Of course I said yes, which is how Shasta came into our home. The day the puppy was ready for pickup, we all drove to NY to get our new little girl (Emma) and the breeder asked if we would be returning Shasta, needless to say we opted to keep both! These two dogs are avid swimmers and mountain climbers. They each have done an ascent to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast! They are lovers of people and want nothing but to make you smile. These two also share a home with Abigail Shelby (couch dog extraordinaire), the senior at 17 years of age.



Annette Diskin & Star

Star came to me on Thanksgiving Eve 2004. He was brought by our adoption counselor, having been in foster care after coming off the track. He was calm, trusting, loving  and eager to please. He was also quite shy. We had a lot of work to do since he had no knowledge of stairs or glass doors. He fulfilled a need I had at the time for someone to keep me busy and help me heal from a loss. I wasn't even aware that I needed this. I was only surpprised at how much better I felt for having him. It didn't take too long from that point to believe he could help other people. Besides he needed another job where he could feel useful to say nothing of the extra treats he could get!  It was then that I discovered the visiting pets program and we became "business partners".



Dolores Schaub, Chelsea (Doberman), Gizmo (Moluccan Cockatoo), Luna (Doberman)

Diane Anderson, Torrie (White Shepherd), Tara (Black Shepherd), Delta Evaluator

Julie Audi, Zoe (Lab Mix)

Barbara Babikan, Kaila (Shetland Sheepdog), Lille (Shetland Sheepdog)


KC Delfino, Kala (Chocolate Lab), Coco (Chocolate Lab)


Susan Dickens, Topsy (Standard Poodle)


Marsha Dominguez, Primo (Portugese Water Dog)

Brian Dwyer, Cleo (Greyhound)


Nancy Freeman, Team Escort

David Fritz, Cassie (Golden Retriever)

Caroline Higgins, Cadbury (Rabbit), Dennis (Guinea Pig)


Francine Hellman, Chief (Golden Retriever), Sammy (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)


Roberta Mikkelsen, Chip McGrath (Greyhound), Skylar (Whippet)

Virginia Montoya, Booka (Mini-Dachshund)

Stacey Samela, Beatles  & Vista (Dachsunds),  Brittney (Coursing Hound), Trainer

 Kay Scott, Diamond (Golden Retriever), Spirit (Golden Retriever), Delta Evaluator

Kathy Signorile, Jordan (Rottweiler), Carlee (Rottweiler)


Nancy Strouss, Jadie (Golden Retriever), Trainer

Lois Weiss, Gilly (Golden Retriever)


Sarah Wilson, Author, Speaker, Trainer

Margo Zomback, Belle (Golden Retriever)

Maureen, Mack (Bernese Mountain Dog


Lori and Arrow (Weimaraner)



Emeritus Members:

Donna Cosulich, Smokey (Dwarf Rabbit)

Liz Teal, Annie (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)





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